EMU and Coaching for Literacy Partner in The Fight for Literacy

Memphis, TN (February 14, 2017) - Coaching for Literacy (CFL), Eastern Michigan University men’s basketball and head coach Rob Murphy have partnered together for the first time in the nationwide Fight for Literacy.

Eastern Michigan head coach Rob Murphy (Above)

Eastern Michigan head coach Rob Murphy (Above)

EMU will take part in a Coaching for Literacy Awareness Game on February 14th when the Eagles host the Ohio Bobcats. The game will tip-off Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN3.

To promote literacy awareness in the community, the EMU coaching staff will wear green – the official color of the Fight for Literacy.

Coaching for Literacy is partnering with 25 NCAA programs nationwide to generate awareness about the importance of literacy and its impact on social issues such as employment, crime and poverty.


  • 64% of fourth graders are reading below the proficient level. (National Assessment of Educational Progress)
  • 85% of juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system read below the proficient level. (US Department of Justice)
  • Three out of four people on welfare cannot read. (Literacy Project Foundation)
  • 32 million adults in America are illiterate, which is 14% of the population. (US Department of Education)


EMU Athletics welcome all fans to support literacy awareness by following Coaching for Literacy on Twitter @coachingforlit and using the hashtag #Eagles4Literacy.

To learn more about how you can join the Eagles and promote literacy in your community, visit www.coachingforliteracy.org. To view the full 2016-2017 Coaching for Literacy Awareness Game schedule, visit www.coachingforliteracy.org/schedule.


Thanks to the support of sports teams and generous donors, Coaching for Literacy has funded over 50 literacy projects across 20 communities in 11 states. To date 7,610 children have received direct literacy support because of the program.

“Eastern Michigan and Coach Murphy have been incredible first time partners this year,” said Ryan Viner, executive director of Coaching for Literacy. “We are inspired by their willingness to use their platform to raise awareness about this crucial issue.”